Mary Hale Brown gained her angel wings on January 27, 2022, while a patient at Reno Renown Hospital, Reno, Nevada. Mary had fought a long courageous battle with cancer.
She was the third born child of Jack and Helen Lusk Hale on April 3, 1954.
Mary spent a majority of her childhood at Welch, WV, attending Welch Elementary School and graduating from Welch High School. She earned her Masters Degree while employed with the State of California Park systems.
In her early career she worked for several years in a program to assist flood victims of southern WV. She loved her WV heritage and was dedicated to helping those in need after the floods. Mary is remembered as an employee of The Welch Daily News as a court reporter and she also worked for US Steel in Gary in the Accounting Department in the 70s and 80s.
Mary was preceded in death by her long time husband, Steve Brown, who died of complications from a kidney transplant in 2017. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Helen Lusk Hale both of Welch, WV, and her two younger brothers, Jeffrey Hale of Huntington, WV and George Hale of Beckley, WV.
Mary is survived by her two sisters, Charlene Hale of Beckley, WV, and Jacqueline Hale Jarrell of Cool Ridge, WV; a niece, Sarah Logan Hale and a nephew, Patrick McDowell Hale of Lasage, WV. She will be long remembered by her friend and caregiver Danielle, of California.
Mary retired from her position with the State of California Park Systems making her home in Portola, Calif. She enjoyed continuing her education, reading as was evidenced by her impressive book collection, cooking and gardening.
She was a strong woman, supporting many political causes and no one ever had to guess how she stood on a particular issue. She was of the Christian faith.
Anyone who knew Mary would know of her long time love of horses and she had achieved her life long dream by owning her two beloved horses. Mary had a love for all animals and so thoughtfully found adoptive homes for her pets, Rosa, Gracie and Anna Mae shortly before she passed. She and Steve had shared the pets during their long marriage.
In lieu of flowers Mary would have wanted donations to your local animal rescue.